St. Lawrence Tops Ohio State in Top Ten Battle

St. Lawrence Tops Ohio State in Top Ten Battle

Skylar Podvey and Steph Keryluk both scored a power play goal in the first 10 minutes of the game, and Natalie Wozney scored the game-winning goal halfway through the third period to lead the 10th-ranked St. Lawrence University women's hockey team to a 3-2 win over fourth-ranked Ohio State in a non-league game on Friday night at Appleton Arena.

The Saints controlled the first period, outshooting the Buckeyes 10-6 and going 2-for-2 on the power play, but Ohio State had a 25-12 edge in shots on goal in the final two periods to come back to tie the game before Wozney put the Saints ahead for good with eight minutes and six seconds left in regulation.

"That was a great start to the game for us with the power play goals," said St. Lawrence head coach Chris Wells '92. "Those have been a long time coming as we have been close the last few games and we capitalized tonight. It was a fun game to watch. Ohio State can really turn things up in transition and on the rush. Both teams had some great chances and we were able to get one late and hold on for the lead. They really had us hemmed in for a bit and we were fortunate to keep it out of our net."

Podvey scored the first goal just under six minutes into the game, taking a pass from Justine Reyes in the high slot and sending a hard wrist shot into the left side of the net. Kalie Grant also picked up an assist on the play.

Keryluk increased the lead to two goals with a one-time rocket from the point off a feed from Nadine Edney, with Podvey also assisting.

Jincy Dunne cut the lead to one goal near the midpoint of the second period, skating all the way from her own defensive end and sneaking past several defenders before beating St. Lawrence goaltender Grace Harrison from in close with a wrist shot to the glove side.

Tatum Skaggs tied the game just 30 seconds into the third period. Madison Bizal took a shot from the point that was deflected by a St. Lawrence player, but still floated towards the St. Lawrence net, where Skaggs shoveled the fluttering puck past Harrison.

Wozney's game-winner came on an incredible individual effort, as she skated around an Ohio State defender on the right side, sent a shot off Buckeye goaltender Andrea Braendli's leg pad and picked up her own rebound and rifled it into the net for her fourth goal of the season. Grant and Charlea Pedersen picked up assists on the play.

Harrison made 29 saves for her third win of the season, including a leg pad stop on a breakaway by Jacyn Reeves late in the second period to preserve a 2-1 lead going into the third period. Braendli stopped 19 shots for Ohio State.

St. Lawrence was 2-for-6 on the power play against the Buckeyes, who entered the game having allowed just one power play goal in 32 opportunities this season. The Saints held Ohio State scoreless in two power play opportunities.

St. Lawrence improved to 4-4-1 on the season, while Ohio State fell to 6-3-0. The two teams will face each other again at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Appleton Arena.